PLEASE NOTE: In the light of government advice on coronavirus (COVID-19), we have had to cancel most of our upcoming training courses to maintain social distancing. We are however reviewing government advice on a daily basis. Please check back here for updates.


As we are currently unable to carry out face-to-face training our expert staff have created a new series of free, introductory training modules for anyone with an interest in amphibians and reptiles. It’s a great way to increase your knowledge of herpetology, at a pace and time that suits you. Good luck and have fun!

Jump to: Beginner level | Improver levelAssessments | ARC Fun Quizzes 

Beginner level courses: 

Identifying UK Frogs and Toads

Identifying UK Newts

Identifying UK Snakes

Identifying UK Lizards

Amphibians and Reptiles in Your Garden

Improver level courses:


Species Focus: the smooth snake


Species Focus: the common toad


Species Focus: the adder


Species Focus: sand lizards on UK dunes and heaths


Species Focus: the grass snake


Species Focus: the common frog


Species Focus: the great crested newt


Alien amphibians and reptiles in the UK


Species Focus: the pool frog


Species Focus: the natterjack toad




No. 1 Amphibian & Reptile Identification

Check back here regularly for more modules and online assessments!

ARC Fun Quizzes

THE EYES HAVE IT! - Can you recognise the amphibians and reptiles from just their eyes?

World Frog Day 2020 - Try this fiendish but fun frog-themed quiz!

Reptile Awareness Day 2020 - Try our fun reptile themed quiz!

Take a look at our Education page for more learning materials and activities for children. 

Other Training Resources

Want to broaden your knowledge of amphibians and reptiles? Our partners at the University of Wolverhampton are producing a series of weekly online Herpetology Seminars. Find out more via the Facebook page or send an e-mail to [email protected] with the title "Sign Up".

Amphibian and reptile training courses in partnership with the Field Studies Council

Training courses with the Field Studies Council vary from introductory-level training, covering general amphibian and reptile survey techniques, that are open to all, including beginners, to more specialist courses that address specific species, such as natterjack toads, or more advanced techniques including reptile survey techniques, and the well-regarded great crested newt licensing and mitigation course, which provides invaluable specialist training for professional ecologists.

Please visit the FSC website for more details and to book your place.

Other training

Each year Amphibian and Reptile Conservation runs a series of training events designed both for volunteers and professional ecologists. National Amphibian and Reptiles Recording Scheme (NARRS) training opportunities will be listed on this page as they become available. To find out more about volunteer surveying opportunities, please visit the NARRS website.

Other ARC run training courses will also be advertised via our events pages.

Also, you may find that a local Amphibian and Reptile Group is running a training event near you. For further details take a look at the ARG UK website.